GIO’S Guardiaregia

GiovanniSampogna OF Toronto and Guardiaregia, presented his film tonight at the Canadian Corps (Naval) Legion Hall, as part of Homemademovies 8Fest.






The film was the original footage in-camera editted, only some with sound, some without. Gio welcomed much of the Guardiaregia community here in Toronto to the event, spoke warmly to family and friends, and film afficianodos, and asscoia ~ very full house/

This is the Gio Sampognia of the films Rail Rushes and Ice Rushes, which of course form quite a contrast to this often raw footage, a work in progress.

He is signified in this review as the number 8. 8 made this film in Guardiaregia in 1986. Gio is Dee Shanger.

In this film occurs the funeral of one of Gio’s relatives. She is entombed, and then the women make bread, gathering wood, and kneeding giant loaves with their hands, mixed with mashed potato.


A personal historian from the region tells of its history.

From feudal municipality to Naples an on. Future versions will include more.

The cast makes the climb into the mountains, and they encounter a lightning storm.

Core elements of Guardiaregia life are shown.

Those who have seen Rail Rushes, with the Kerouacian narration of protaganist jw curry or Ice Rushes with the rhapsodic Italian Reggae Rap narration of Gio Shanger, can only anticipate the future editions of this movie with ecstatic interest, as well as looking forward to translative subtitles and accompanying elements.



  1. Y’arrr thanx Johnny-boy…. Shang Shang!!! It was a fun night eh? Certainly dee most-packed of all seven 8fest programmes. Fri nights 11pm “FAG OFF!” programme was a close second… Y’arrr!!! Thanx to one’n’all for coming out!!!!



    Comment by Gio. Shanger — February 1, 2010 @ 4:19 pm

    • PS – enough writers though with a name like “the 8fest” it must be a bpnichol fest!!!! Y’arrr!!!

      Comment by Gio. Shanger — February 1, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

  2. i suppose it flushuates automatic autocratic autonomic writings

    I thank you Gio, for having such an event, for making
    me and so many others completely at home here,
    …and going to the trouble of climbing the mountain
    or filming the core of the world there

    Ive been researching for some reason of late,
    and far and beyond the original DeBarlowe intimation
    of Huguenaut etcetra origins on the gloomy Island of Thatcher
    it is in fact Celts, Celts! Sanskrit to Russian, Iceland
    and down the coast to Turkey, from Lebanon to Rome
    speaking the, speaking the, Proto-Indo-European Language (PIEL)
    (piel! spiel! speilburgh, spekinsdedoys, eternal almost

    but of course it only makes me crave the music of the non
    proto indo euro that much more, and super natural

    Comment by shanger's jb — February 2, 2010 @ 5:56 am

    • You know it is ALWAYS my pleasure to put on one of these evenings for y’all… Thanx for everything JB!!! Y’arrr!!!

      Comment by Gio. Shanger — February 2, 2010 @ 9:35 pm

  3. I wish I could have been part of this presentation…unfortunately I’m the only Guardiola who is in Vancouver. Guardiaregia sara sempre nel mio cuore! Il nome Sampogna e un nome che conosco, avevo comapagni di scuola con lo stesso nome. Grazie Gio ( puo darsi che conosco anche a te.)

    Comment by cleonice — July 26, 2010 @ 5:10 pm

  4. I happened to have fresh perspective on it just this weekend
    WATCHING Spike Lee’s MIRACLE AT ST ANNA and filling in
    some of the mood and sense of the mountains of Italy
    thanks to having seen Gio’s film. Perspectives at those heights.
    Spike Lee’s forgiving artistry. And insight. But the sense of
    translation with Guardiaregia

    Comment by barlowhockey — July 27, 2010 @ 3:57 am

  5. Shanger & Spike Lee…. WoW!!!!

    Thanx for dee comparison bro… I have watched MASA & love dee film…. it too brings back allot of memories…… Y’arrr!!! Ciao a tutti!!!

    Comment by Gio. Shanger — July 27, 2010 @ 8:28 pm

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